Two NRL clubs issued with hefty breach notices

The NRL has imposed disciplinary action against the Cronulla Sharks and West Tigers following two separate Integrity Unit investigations.

NRL boss Todd Greenberg confirmed at a press conference on Wednesday that Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has been issued with a notice of intention to cancel his registration and his club fined $800,000 after he allegedly breached the conditions of his 2014 suspension.

In late 2013, Mr Flanagan was suspended for 12 months following an investigation into the administration of supplements at the club.


At the time, the Sharks were fined $1 million, with $400,000 suspended.

One of the conditions also imposed by the NRL was that “the club must not allow Mr Flanagan to be concerned directly or indirectly with the club” while suspended.

However, the NRL said in a statement today that during the current investigation into the Sharks salary cap, documents were uncovered that “support the preliminary finding that Mr Flanagan had dealings with the club in relation to recruitment and retention of players.”

As a result, the Sharks have been issued with a breach notice proposing a fine of $400,000, the same amount which was originally suspended.

They’ve also been hit with a second $400,000 fine for the breach.

Meanwhile, The West Tigers have been issued with a $750,000 fine relating to an “undisclosed agreement to pay Robbie Farah as an Ambassador when he finishes his career.”

It’s understood the agreement was made in 2016 before Farah left the Tigers to join South Sydney.

“There is no suggestion that Farah has done anything wrong but the NRL believes the club should have disclosed the agreement,” Mr Greenberg said.

The value of the Ambassador’s agreement ($639,000) has now been added to the Tigers salary cap in 2019 and the NRL has issued a notice of intention to cancel the registration of the club’s CEO Justin Pascoe.

Both Cronulla and the Wests Tigers have until the end of January to respond to the findings.